A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without exploring the Avenue of the Arts. Beginning at Broad and Locust Streets and running south on Broad to Lombard Street, the Avenue of the Arts is an area rich with comedy, drama, dance, and music. The sidewalks are lined with many of the city’s larger theatres including Merriam Theatre, Kimmel Center, Academy of Music, and Suzanne Roberts Theatre. It’s Philadelphia’s Broadway!
If you truly want to experience and explore the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, you should devote a whole day and plan ahead. There are always special events happening at the various theatres and many sell out early, so it’s a good idea purchase your tickets in advance.
The Kimmel Center- 300 South Broad Street –is truly an oasis for art lovers. The center is home to Verizon Hall (2,500 seat concert hall), SEI Innovation Studio (a 2,688 sq. foot black box theater), and Perelman Theatre (650 seat recital theater). Additionally, the center has premier performing arts groups that are resident performers. We recommend attending a performance by Philadanco, Philadelphia’s dance company. Founded in 1970, the company specializes in modern contemporary dance. You can also now dine at the Kimmel Center. Recently the center added PRESHOW @ the Kimmel by Garces Events. It is a family-friendly dinning option located on the Kimmel’s first tier.
Just North of City Hall, is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Founded in 1805, it is America’s oldest art museum and school. Internationally it is highly recognized for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American sculptures, paintings, and works on paper.
The art of shopping is also thriving throughout the Avenue of the Arts. Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Tiffany & Co., and Lacoste are among the many retailers you will find while you explore the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Have fun and get ready to indulge in the arts!